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Publications from the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes We Treat You (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Released: February 17, 2005
    In this report, the committee who was asked to review aspects of this program, recommends that two new oversight groups are needed to ensure that the policies and procedures of the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) and its data sharing program -- which is intended to give researchers access to patient data that will help them study vaccine safety issues -- are implemented as fairly and openly as possible.
  • Released: February 17, 2005
    This report is a summary of the workshop, "Economic Models of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Average-Risk Adults" that was held by the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Board on January 26-27, 2004, to explore the reasons for differences among leading cost-effectiveness analysis models of CRC screening.
  • Released: February 03, 2005
    At a workshop sponsored by the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine in January 2004, titled Rebuilding the Unity of Health and the Environment: The Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, representatives from a variety of fields worked together to address issues of health and environment specific to the area. This workshop, one in a series of regional workshops sponsored by the Roundtable, was initiated based on the view that for a long time the world of environment, environmental regulation, environmental control, and engineering had moved in one direction, while the world of health had moved in another.
  • Released: January 24, 2005
    The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine and the National Research Council's Disasters Roundtable were formed to provide a neutral setting for individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives to discuss sensitive issues of mutual interest. These two Roundtables jointly sponsored a workshop, summarized in this report, that considered issues related to health risks of disasters.
  • Released: January 18, 2005
    A significant vehicle for the spread of disease today is the speed and volume of international and transcontinental travel, commerce, and human migration. These trends and the risk of bioterrorism have prompted the U.S. government to expand efforts to prevent communicable diseases of public health significance from being imported into the United States. The CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) has asked the IOM to examine the proposed quarantine station expansion plans and recommend how the system should evolve to meet public health needs of the 21st century.
  • Released: January 12, 2005
    At the request of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the IOM produced the report titled Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States, which assesses what is known about Americans' reliance on those therapies and also assists the NIH in developing research methods and setting priorities for evaluating products and approaches within CAM.
  • Released: January 11, 2005
    Research increasingly shows a link between physical activity and the "built" environment -- buildings, roads, parks, and other structures that physically define a community -- but more research is needed to assess whether the built environment affects people's actual levels of physical activity
  • Released: November 16, 2004
    There has been increased concern about the prospect of an influenza pandemic, which many experts believe to be inevitable. Yet the general public does not appear to share this perception, especially in the shadow of equally scary but less likely risks of a bioterrorist attack. Moreover, recent problems with the availability and strain-specificity of vaccine for annual flu epidemics in some countries and the rise of pandemic strains of avian flu in disparate geographic regions have alarmed experts about the world's ability to prevent or contain a human pandemic. The workshop summary, The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: Are We Ready? A Workshop Summary, addresses this urgent concern.
  • Released: November 15, 2004
    In this report The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) present a one-day symposium that was held at the IOM to further disseminate the conclusions and recommendations of the joint IOM and National Research Council report Saving Women's Lives: Strategies for Improving Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis.
  • Released: November 11, 2004
    The Rosenthal lecture included in this volume captures a panel discussion on the IOM report Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, which identified solutions to problems in hospital, nursing home, and other health care organization work environments that threaten patient safety through their effect on nursing care.
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